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Palmeira Dendém

Palmeira Dendém. Scientific Name: Elaeis guineensis. English name: Palm Oil.

Originally from the western part of Africa, the fruit was introduced in Brazil by African slaves, who brought it with them from their homeland. In Bahia, palm oil became increasingly popular in cooking and is among the ingredients that distinguish Bahian cuisine. [Information on this plant is from José E. Mendes Ferrão, As plantas na primeira globalização. Lisbon: Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical, 2007.]